Girls Scouts of America are highly influential organizations for the American youth, with thousands of troupes nationwide, collectively including around 3 million members, not counting all of the parents and volunteers involved in the organizations. This national organization pride itself on teaching its members positive values, community involvement, and encouraging physical fitness and personal growth. Girl Scouts combine life skills, STEM, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship with civic engagement to deliver crucially, life-changing, girl-led programming.
Scouts proven approach gives girls the opportunities to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. ( Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™, prepare for a lifetime of leadership, and change the world. From the playroom to the Board Room, young women are our future.
Although there are countless benefits of joining Girl Scouts, this is our list of the top seven life benefits of taking part in one of these scouts groups:
- Independence – Away from the safety of their parents, young girls will find their roles within their troupes and learn to become independent. Young girls are given various tasks, and through this activity, they gain a sense of independence. They are responsible for their own actions and for doing their part for the troupe. Learning these skills at a young age
seta strong foundation for a healthy, happy future in which these girls are able to handle themselves.
- Back to Nature – With all of the summer camps available for Girl Scouts and all of the camping trips the Boy Scouts take, a boy or girl scout is bound to be exposed to their fair share of the natural world.
- Mental Strength – Through many of the activities in Girl Scouts, children learn valuable problem-solving skills and are able to exercise them. When selling cookies, Girl Scouts may use quick mental math to figure out how much customers owe them.
- Psychological Health – Among your fellow members, faced with tasks of varying difficulties, as a scout you gain emotional stability in the form of courage, trust, empathy, and self-confidence. These elements of psychological health allow you to see yourself and others in a healthy, clear way and allow for you to build fulfilling relationships.
- Support System – Participating in numerous activities and projects with the same troop year after year creates a strong bond between the members. The friends these children make in their scouts’ troupes will become a lifelong support system for them.
- Teamwork – In large groups of girls of similar age acting toward a common goal, whether it be in a sports game or in a community service project, children must learn valuable teamwork skills. Teamwork can be rather humbling, which contributes to a healthy self-image.
- Winning Attitude – Incorporated into many of the activities in the scouts’ programs is a little healthy competition. The children learn their strengths and how to play upon them and gain a sense of ambition that will help them for years to come.
Membership starts at just $25, plus additional program fees for some of the activities the girls may want to participate in. Of course, Girl Scouts
As with many organizations, the Girl Scouts are also looking for adult leaders that can be both a mentor and example of a positive influence on young adults.
There is a Dekalb area Girl Scout recruitment event Sunday, September 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Crossview Church, 150 Bethany Road, DeKalb, Illinois.